Reports are coming in of a civil disturbance in London which has seen a mob of almost 40,000 white people chase a small group of black men through central London.

Police and large numbers of the public are said to have stood idly by with many members of the public clapping and cheering the pursuers. Some simply filmed the outrage on their mobile phones.

“I blame Brexit.” Cynthia Ellis-Hall, a Remain voter and Guardian reader told The Rochdale Herald.

“It’s just completely normal now for the British public to chase immigrants. Thank goodness they couldn’t catch them.”

“I think it’s completely unacceptable for racists to not only hound terrified immigrants out of town, but to do it in fancy dress is just completely sick.”

“The fact that charities like Marie Curie are encouraging people to take sponsorship for participating in what is effectively gigantic lynch mob is a truly damning indictment of where our society is right now.”

Nobody from the Met Police was available for comment.